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UMVRDC Authors Successful Grant for Granite Falls Lift Station

by Dawn Hegland on March 26th, 2013

UMVRDC has authored a successful grant application to the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a new lift station in the City of Granite Falls. The lift station will lessen disaster impacts from flooding events on the City’s economic base and make the community as a whole more disaster-resilient. EDA is providing $1,512,000 in grant funding and the City has been working with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for an additional $378,000 to cover the remaining cost of the project.

Granite Falls has a long-standing relationship with the UMVRDC related to their mitigation and grant writing efforts. Granite Falls established a taskforce that has been meeting regularly since 1997, working to reduce future disaster impacts to the community. A few keys to the success of the flood mitigation taskforce include:

  • dedicated city staff and elected officials;
  • development of a local mitigation plan early on;
  • staying organized and meeting regularly;
  • keeping partners like the UMVRDC aware of their needs; and 
  • always remaining vigilant and being ready to act when needed to invest in additional planning, engineering and design.

The lift station is a very important project that will help complete a comprehensive approach to flood mitigation in Granite Falls.

You can read more about this project in the Granite Falls Advocate Tribune.

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